Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is a small, disk-shaped seed with a light flavor and texture. Quinoa is a great source of protein and can be cooked and used in salads, soups, stews etc. Quinoa is a low-fat source of protein and rich in essential nutrients and is gluten free.
Nutrition of Quinoa
Quiona is high in protein and includes all the nine essential amino acids supplements. It is the choice of grains for vegans, as it helps them take in the adequate amount of proteins, required in a healthy diet. It contains lysine, an amino acid that is very important for the growth of tissues and repair mechanism. It is an excellent source of magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorous and even manganese. It has slow releasing, high level of carbohydrates, that give the stomach a full feeling for a long time. It is also a high fiber food.
Health Benefits of Quinoa
Magnesium found in quinoa also helps in relaxing the blood vessels.
Super oxide dismutase enzyme present in quinoa helps protect the cells from damage by free radicals.
Good for people who are watching their weight and need to maintain adequate blood sugar levels.
Fiber present in quinoa not only promotes digestive health, but may also reduce the risk of breast cancer in pre-menopausal women, may prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes, promotes weight loss, and aids weight maintenance.
Quinoa is gluten-free, making it a nutritious substitute for those with wheat allergies or suffering from celiac disease.
Both magnesium and riboflavin in quinoa work together to lower blood pressure, ensure the normal clotting of the blood and protect the heart from wear and tear.
Consuming quinoa over time will help you get rid of anemia and general feeling of fatigue by boosting your red blood cells and energy.